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A reminder why certainty in contracts is so important

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In the recent New South Wales Court of Appeal decision Port Macquarie-Hasting Council v Diveva, the Court considered the contractual interpretation of a renewal clause. The clause was phrased in general terms and did not...more

Access to Site Denied

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Can a contractor rely on a mandament van spolie to regain access to the site? Simply put, yes, but under careful advice. The mandament van spolie is a common-law remedy manifested by the deprivation of a right to...more

Indemnitor Owes Indemnity Even Where Indemnitee is Actively Negligent, California Court Holds

Indemnity provisions are one of the most fought over provisions in design and construction contracts. But while parties generally understand the intent behind indemnity provisions — that one party (the “indemnitor”) agrees to...more

Illinois Appellate Court Attempts to Draw the Line Between Contract and Quasi-Contract; Holds That Quantum Meruit Is Only...

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Archon Construction Co. v. U.S. Shelter, LLC, 2017 Ill. App. LEXIS 197 (March 31, 2017) - U.S. Shelter, LLC, a developer, undertook to develop a new residential subdivision in Elgin, Illinois. As part of that project,...more

Ninth Circuit Upholds Owners Rights to Seek Contribution From Third Parties for ADA Violations

In a victory for owners of facilities covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has upheld a property owner’s right to seek contribution from third parties who fail...more

Termination for convenience: What is the contractor entitled to?

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Construction contracts often include termination for convenience clauses. Three recent cases highlight the potential financial implications of terminating for convenience....more

These Class Action Lawyers Made Their Fees The Old-Fashioned Way. They Earned Them!

by Brooks Pierce on

It's not very often that I see a fee application in a settled class action in the Business Court that doesn't strike me as requesting approval of an overpayment for a less than successful result. Those are most often in the...more

Reading the Crystal Ball: Reservation of Rights Letters under South Carolina Law in the Wake of Harleysville Group Insurance v....

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The South Carolina Supreme Court recently took a firm stance on what constitutes a sufficient reservation of rights letter in Harleysville Group Insurance v. Heritage Communities, Inc., et al., — S.E.2d — , No. 2013-001281,...more

Economic Damages and the Right to Repair Act: You Can’t Have it Both Ways

In 2002, the California State Legislature passed Senate Bill 800 also known as the Right to Repair Act (Civil Code Sections 895 et seq.) in an effort to stem a then rising tide in residential construction defect litigation....more

The Risks of Suspension under Construction Contracts

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Two recent cases from Australia and Hong Kong highlight the serious dangers of a wrongful suspension of works under a construction contract. Wrongful suspension may ultimately lead to the termination of a contract, and...more

Delaware Law Updates – The Court of Chancery Determines $2 Billion Dispute Is One for an Independent Auditor to Decide

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In Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. v. Westinghouse Electric Company LLC, C.A. No. 12585-VCL (Del. Ch. Dec. 5, 2016), the Court of Chancery granted a buyer’s motion for judgment on the pleadings, holding that the plain...more

Overpayments in Construction Projects: Getting Repaid (Or Not)

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Construction and engineering contracts usually contemplate interim payments being made "on account", meaning that any overpayments or underpayments can be redressed in later payment claims, or in the final account. However,...more

Construction One-Minute Read: Litigation Challenges With Collecting Attorneys’ Fees

It is common knowledge among construction litigators that in order for a contractor to recover attorneys’ fees from a subcontractor, the subcontract must specifically state that attorneys’ fees are recoverable. However, in...more

Illinois Appellate Court Affirms a Declaratory Judgment in Favor of the Insurer Where the Underlying Suit Did Not Allege an...

In Westfield Ins. Co. v. West Van Buren, LLC, the Appellate Court of Illinois, affirmed the trial court’s decision holding that the developer, West Van Buren, LLC (“Van Buren”), was not entitled to defense and indemnification...more

$8 million Prevailing Wage verdict in 2011 for work on the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel

Rent credit from Port District triggered prevailing wage; $8 Million in back wages paid by Hensel Phelps Construction Company - In California Prevailing Wage Law, “public funds” come in many forms. In the case of the...more

Contractual Indemnification

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Aluma Systems Concrete Construction of California v. Nibbi Bros. Inc., et al. - Court of Appeal, First Appellate District (August 16, 2016) - This case considered the applicability of a contract’s indemnification...more

Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Holds That Under Prompt Payment Act, Imposition of Penalty and Attorneys’ Fees Is Discretionary, Not...

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Scott Enters., Inc. v. City of Allentown, 2016 Pa. LEXIS 1503 (Pa. July 19, 2016) - The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania reversed an order of the Commonwealth Court and held that the prompt payment provisions of the...more

Unpaid construction work? Stay calm – and make sure every word of your mechanics lien is accurate

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Not getting paid infuriates most contractors and material suppliers. Don’t let that anger cause you to make a bad situation worse by overdoing a mechanics lien. By the time a contractor reaches the point of recording a...more

New Jersey Supreme Court Affirms General Contractor’s Insurance Coverage for Consequential Damages Caused by a Subcontractor’s...

by McCarter & English, LLP on

In an important recent decision, New Jersey joined a growing number of states holding that Insurance Services Office’s (ISO) 1986 comprehensive general liability (CGL) policy extends coverage to a property developer faced...more

Tenth Circuit Holds that the False Claims Act’s Materiality Requirement Has Teeth in Granting Summary Judgment to Government...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On April 22, 2016, in a decision issued before the Supreme Court’s Escobar opinion, the Tenth Circuit addressed the question of what a relator must show to meet the materiality requirement in an implied false...more

Promissory Estoppel and Public Works Bid Disputes in California. Sooo You’re Telling Me There’s a Chance!

Sometimes we hear what we want to hear (or just ignore what the other person is saying). Sometimes this can lead to broken hearts. And, at other times . . . to empty pocketbooks . . ....more

Tennessee Federal District Court Holds That Contractor May Pursue Both Breach of Contract Action in Federal Court and Lien...

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Summit Contracting Grp., Inc. v. Ashland Heights, LP, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 60662 (M.D. Tenn. May 6, 2016) - Ashland Heights, LP (“Owner”) contracted with Summit Contracting Group, Inc. (“Contractor”) to construct an...more

Preventing Limitation of Liability End-Runs

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Owners who are dissatisfied with their contractors’ performance increasingly assert fraud-based claims in addition to breach of contract claims because fraud-based claims are not typically barred by contractual waivers and...more

The "Lien-Ability" of Field Change Directives Under Typical Construction Lien Laws?

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Consider this scenario taken from an actual project dispute: The contractor has entered into an agreement with the owner for a project of any size. During the course of the project, the owner directs the contractor to perform...more

AAA’s Revised Construction Industry Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures

The American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) recently revised its Construction Industry Arbitration Rules and Mediation Procedures. The revised rules became effective on July 1, 2015 and include a host of changes, large and...more

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